Playa la Ropa Artisans Market

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, June 17, 2019, 18:56 (119 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Today, at 8am, the demolition was scheduled to begin of the Artisans Market behind the Dolphins on Playa la Ropa. We were told it was to be replaced with new, with a single walkway down the middle, and be ready in 2 months.

Over the last 3 days, the tenants have been clearing out their stock, dismantling their booths and removing the roof tiles, wood and electrical wiring. Anything of any value to anyone has been removed. Recycling is good!

When we headed out to paddle at 7:30 this morning, some of the vendors were gathering, wearing red shirts. We didn't recognize many of them, and many we do know were not there. The large piece of equipment that was parked there yesterday, started it's engine and started moving, and those wearing red shirts assembled to one side of the street. We went out and had a lovely paddle.

When we came back in about 9, we asked if we would be able to make it back through. Oh Yes! Apparently the red shirts were protesters, and they blocked the equipment.

After we passed through, the few remaining boards were being salvaged, the machine was idle, the dump truck that was to hold the debris was parked nearby. There were a LOT of city vehicles and people including several with video cameras, and a truck full of police. We were told the Presidente was coming to talk to the crowd.

On our return on the Combi from town at 11, there was nothing to be seen. No machines, no people, no change in what was left of the structures after them being stripped of anything of value. I just checked the newspapers, nothing yet.

So, what's the scoop? A redone area is obviously going to happen, it would be a good thing, but nothing happened today. Anyone know anything?

The area was a "temporary" market 25 years ago during the administration of then Presidente Municipal Jorge Allec Galeana, abuelo to the current mayor. Same with the mercado on Cinco de Mayo. A temporary market to help get the overabundance of wandering vendors off the beaches and streets and allow them to get a start so they could "theoretically" rent their own locales and become taxpaying merchants instead of dependent on paternalism and corruption. While I'm sure it helped the PRI to get some votes, it quickly became a snowball out of control. Obviously the vendors are never going to leave and the beach entrance will never be recovered. Same with half of Cinco de Mayo street. Public land lost and used to make money for unscrupulous people and manipulate voters for political parties.

Red t-shirts generally mean the PRI. Yellow PRD. Maroon Morena.

I'm sure the vendors are fighting over who gets what and who pays whom how much for the privilege to promise their votes away as well as who gets seniority and where when the remodeling is done. But I could be wrong.

Anything else you'd like to know? B-)

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